Abandoning his previous restraint, President Donald Trump has challenged the credibility of the woman accusing his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault, declaring that if the alleged attack was so awful she would have reported it to law enforcement.
Ford's attorneys are in negotiations with the Senate Judiciary Committee about how she could testify this upcoming week; she doesn't, for instance, want to testify in the same room with Kavanaugh and wants to be questioned by lawmakers instead of committee staff or outside counsel.
On Friday, Trump tweeted that if the incident was "as bad" as Ford says, then she or her parents should've contacted the police. "I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place", Trump tweeted.
The email was a sharp turnabout from statements by Ford and her lawyers in the past few days, in which her insistence on an FBI investigation of her allegations and other demands had cast strong doubts on her willingness to appear.
She said Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and groped her, putting his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream.
"The most powerful man in the world just used his position and platform to attack a sexual assault survivor", she said on Twitter.
Hirono spoke at an event on Capitol Hill to highlight a letter of support that was said to have been signed by more than 1,000 alumni of Ford's high school in Maryland.
"Senate Republicans are attempting to make Dr. Blasey Ford testify on just a few days' notice - without having the Federal Bureau of Investigation follow up on her allegations and provide a report first", said the letter, which was spearheaded by Sens.
Collins was in Portland late Friday morning for an event at The Cedars, a senior living facility that is planning an expansion.
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Tragically, Ms Martinez had just gotten engaged last week, according to her family, with a storybook proposal and a emerald ring. Martinez was attacked and stabbed to death Tuesday night while jogging in the Logan Circle neighborhood of the nation's capital.
"I was appalled by the president's tweet", Collins said in Portland.
"Someone who is lying does not ask the FBI to investigate their claims", she said. The Post article, published on Sunday, was the interview in which Ford revealed her identity.
Grassley said he'd schedule a hearing for Wednesday, not Thursday, as Ford prefers. Blasey Ford is negotiating with Republican committee members about testifying publicly or privately.
The Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Judge Kavanaugh had originally been scheduled for Thursday of this week. Kavanaugh has denied the accusation.
During the 2016 campaign, at least 15 women accused Trump of misbehavior ranging from sexual harassment and sexual assault to lewd behavior around women.
He also rejected her proposal that she testify after Kavanaugh, a position lawyers consider advantageous because it gives them a chance to rebut accusations.
The stakes could not be higher this November for both parties, but for Republicans, Kavanaugh's confirmation is a key concern among conservative voters. The senator stopped short, though, of saying whether she believed Ford.
The lawyer's statement repeats earlier reports of threats to Prof Ford and her family's safety, adding that she is "currently unable to go home". She said Ford's attorneys should respond quickly, but did not directly answer whether she disagreed with scheduling a vote for Monday if the deadline isn't met.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, speaking at a gathering of evangelical voters in Washington, assured them Kavanaugh would be confirmed. Senate Democrats, meanwhile, say that no matter what Republicans do, they intend to question Blasey themselves.